THANK YOU to everyone who participated or volunteered to help with the 5th Annual MJN “Help fight MS” PDX Doubles Slingball Tourney! The weather cooperated and over 50 adults and 12 kids participated in the 5th Annual MJN “Help Fight MS” Fall PDX Doubles Slingball Tourney. All in, we were able to raise just over $1,100 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland. Our mom, Marilyn J. Neu would be proud as she was all about having fun with friends and family for a good cause, and we did just that! Congrats to our newest Slingball Sniper, 6 year old LUCAS NEU and his dad, Randy Neu. Lucas was by far the best player on this fine Fall day, as he carried his old man through several matches. Lucas not only took out former champ Paul Grass, but opened up the final game with a whopping 10 points! Congrats to Lucas and Randy. 2nd Place Runner Ups go to new comers Matt and Jill Arnzen, who were a dynamic husband and wife duo (and the only ones to defeat Lucas)! Rounding out the Top 3 was John Brase and Mike Sweeney! See below for both the adult and kids Final Four listing!
A Sincere Thank You to all Slingball Participants, Supporters, Volunteers, Donators!!! The Neu Brothers, Randy & Carter would like to thank everyone who participated and/or supported the 9th Annual MJN “Help Fight MS” Slingball Tourney. We raised just over $18,000 to help the fight against MS which once again surpasses our previous year and is an all-time record! Each of you make a HUGE difference in helping those effected by MS. As Candyce from the MSSP stated, “Everyone gets an AC unit, no one is turned away!” What a difference each of you makes!
Our mother, Marilyn J. Neu, would be proud of all of you as she believed in “having fun, paying it forward, and meeting new friends.” We feel we accomplished that mission! That said, we wanted to recap the 9th Annual MJN “Help Fight MS” Slingball Tourney:
The Negators: Chris Koons, Carter Neu, JoLynn Foulon (the Lone Female!), and Jack Eggleston (from the kids tourney to the adult Sweet 16!)
The Mary Lous: Bill Swanick, Connor Justrom, Frosty Comer, and Jeff Firstenberg
The 3 Ring Circuses: John Brase, Jeff Wenckus, Michael Catherall, and Aaron Angelo
The Snapbacks: Bryan Green, Trevor Green (Bryan Green’s son), Grove Hunt, Darrell Auvil (cousin of the Green’s!)
In the end, four pillars of absolute excellence (two of them former champs) made their way to the main Slingball courts to battle it out to see who was going to be crowned 2015’s Slingball Champion! These four masters were: John Brase, Carter Neu, Bill Swanick and Bryan Green.
With two former champions (Carter Neu and Bryan Green) making it to the “Final Four”, the crowd was eager to see if we would have the first two-time champ crowned since Tyson Labrousse did it in inaugural years one and two. Or would we have a brand new champion in John Brase or Bill Swanick, who were determined not to let this happen? In the end it was Bryan “Big Green Machine” Green who fended off finals newcomer, Bill “The Competitor” Swanick and as a result, returned to his days of glory to capture his 2nd Slingball Cup in 5 years. In true sling fashion he dumped his ceremonial beer on his head and celebrated in style with his son, Austin who was the winner of the Kid’s Mini-Marilyn Slingball tourney (also a first!).
The Kids Mini Marilyn Tourney! Additionally impressive was the intensity and artfulness of the Kid’s Division where four sharp shooters managed to make their way to the Sunday court: Preston Slama, Drew Eggleston, Liam Symms and Austin Green.Several see-saw battles ensued as the sharp shooters shared their skill with the crowd. There were “oohs” and “ahhs”, cheering and nervous silence… but in the end it was Austin Green who fended off Liam Symms in one of the tightest kid’s duels to date! Congrats to Austin who joined his Dad, Bryan as the only Father/Son champs ever to both win Slingball. Wow! Congrats goes out to all the kids that participated. They are all winners in our book!
Stay tuned Slingers, the 5th Annual MJN “Help Fight MS” Portland Doubles Tourney is up next! Date released soon!
Thanks for your Support!
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland: All proceeds go to helping people who are affected by MS.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter: All proceeds go to helping fund research to find a cure for MS.
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A big thank you to Cook Security Group and their Cook Community Builders program, for the donation of employees time and building materials to help build Slingball sets!!!